Heracles held talks with Bayern Munich about Everton target Joshua Zirkzee but coach Frank Wormuth has told Voetbal International the striker’s salary demands made any deal impossible.
With one of Europe’s most promising young strikers in search of the opportunities that haven’t been forthcoming at the Allianz Arena, clubs across the continent have been jostling for position like a gaggle of hungry geese fighting over freshly baked bread.
One of those is Heracles, a side that has scored only 19 times in 17 Eredivisie matches this season while falling well adrift of the European places.
But, according to Wormuth, Heracles quickly realised they didn’t have the financial muscle to snap up a striker who honed his talents 200 miles away in Feyenoord.
“I talked about Zirkzee with (Bayern coach) Hansi Flick,” he says. “We have been in contact, but it is not concrete. I think Bayern would like to loan him out, but we can’t cough up his salary.
“If someone has played in Bayern Munich’s first team, we can no longer afford them. That is our biggest problem at Heracles.
“We also have to be careful not to get players who earn so much it causes skewed faces in the other players.”
While the arrival of Zirkzee would have stretched Heracles’ finances to the limit, Everton shouldn’t have the same problem.
The Daily Mail reports the Premier League high-flyers have held talks about a deal that would see the 19-year-old Dutchman join on loan with an option to buy.
Interestingly, Everton tried to sign Zirkzee in 2017 too, before he was lured from Rotterdam by the bright lights of Bayern.